Stunning Michigan Summer Wedding

Matt Lien Photography

Carly and Jarrod both come from farming families in Michigan, so it seems fitting that they celebrated their wedding at the beautiful Millcreek Barns. The versatile indoor and outdoor nature of the venue allowed them to utilize the natural backdrop of Michigan summer as a perfect compliment to the dressed up, rustic feel of their wedding decor.

Get cute ideas for what you can make yourself for your big day in the full gallery here, captured by Matt Lien Photography.

neutral tone bridesmaids dresses

pastel bouquet and cute flower girl

pastel bouquet by Andy Lous

groom in US military dress uniform

DIY Decor Details

Jarrod and I dated seven years prior to our marriage on May 24th, 2014. We’ve been combining family and friends since High School and as a result, our wedding felt like a pretty big family party.  Given our long history, it comes as no surprise that our families were very involved in helping create the finishing touches that pulled together our day.

order of events wedding sign

diy marquis signs

The centerpieces were made by my grandfather out of recycled barn wood, the C & J letters were built by my father and the table runners and aisle draping were sewn by my mother. Our mismatched dinnerware was pieced together by my mother, aunt, and mother-in-law and I created our wedding menus, programs, chalkboards and place cards by hand. Our wedding was officiated by Jarrod’s Uncle Craig, and our DJ was one of my High School teachers. We even had custom corn hole games created by Jarrod’s Uncle and father.

framed bar sign

Choose your date wisely

In the end, there were a number of family members and friends who helped set-up on the day of and truly bring everything together. We’ll be forever grateful for their help and support! The day flowed beautifully, and I can truly say that it was a labor of love. Did I mention that because it was memorial day, we spent the weekend in a giant beach house with our entire wedding party? It seemed fitting, given that we’re all great friends. What an incredible way to kick off the summer!

japanese maple tree sprout wedding favors

window frame seating assignment display

pink and white rustic reception decor

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Photography: Matt Lien Photography
Venue: MillCreek Barns
Flowers: Andy Lous
Caterer: Cravings Catering
Hair & Makeup: Imagine Three
Dress Shop: Beckers Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rachel Pally, Nordstrom, Dillards, Lulu's, & Trina Turk
Groom’s Attire: Bonobos
Dj: Dj DeLa Entertainment

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: pink, white
Styles: classic, rustic

Stylish Striped Virginia Wedding

Taeck Jang Photography

Jane and Hyung Woo had a small and intimate wedding that reflected their loves and likes. Hendry House was the perfect venue as it gave a beautiful outdoor ceremony space and a perfect size home, not too small, not too big.

The day was a lovely combination of 20s flare, simplicity, chic decor, and elegance. Black and white stripes pulled everything together with pops of gold and blush. See more from this stylish striped Virginia wedding in the full gallery here, captured by Taeck Jang Photography.

pink rose boutonniere

groomsmen looks

pink bouquet tied up with a black and white ribbon

vintage bridal looks

pink bridesmaids dresses with black sash

Add 20′s flare to your day

I had black and white stripes run through my bouquet to my husband’s tie and boutonniere. Black and white striped table runners gave my wedding reception the punch I needed and then I played with the colors around it. I needed something soft and something that would give it a little sparkle, and that is where the gold and blush/pinks came into play: gold tableware and blush florals.

black and gold wedding sign

pink bridesmaid dress with black sash

garden wedding ideas

roaring twenties wedding

20s flare was added in the decor from the invitations, to the program fans, to the cards suitcase, and the DIY wedding lawn sign. 20s inspiration continued in my own dress and hair. I even encouraged all my guests to add in some 20s flare which I absolutely loved! Then, there was the dessert bar! Not only were they all delicious, they displayed beautifully in the home on the wall shelving, almost like art! Overall, I absolutely loved my wedding and would not change a thing!

black white and gold wedding reception

black and white table decor

Mr and Mrs Signs for sweetheart table

just married wedding cake

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Photography: Taeck Jang Photography
Venue: Hendry House
Cake: BakeShop
Caterer: Purple Onion Catering
Dress Designer: Nicole Miller
Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna
Makeup & Hair: Shine, Tina
Tent Rental: L & A Tent Rentals

Read on to see how much this stylish striped Virginia wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you. Also get some great advice from the bride!


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: black, gold, pink, white
Styles: classic

How To Create A Woodsy Indoor Wedding

Jessica Bordner Photography

When it’s frosty out and you want to bring the outdoors in, you have to get creative! You’ll find an abundance of ideas ranging from decor, cocktails, to even menu ideas! This bride and groom even chose to have a moment to soak in the day’s events and have a private dinner for two.

Read on to get ideas on creating a woodsy inspired indoor wedding like this one at the The Rockstar Kitchen without pitching your reception in the middle of the forest! And, even more awaits in the full gallery here, photographed by Jessica Bordner Photography.

gold lettered stationery

cute and colorful cocktail lounge

rustic floral accented backdrop

vintage floral arrangement

pink rose hair accessory

pink and white bouquet

glam food cart used as cake table

eclectic wedding ideas

gently frosted wedding cake

his and her Cocktail Recipes

His: The R and R

2 measures rye whiskey
1-2 tbs rosemary syrup (2 tbs for a sweeter drink)
2-3 dashes bitters
ice, preferably one large cube

1. In a chilled cocktail glass, combine the bitters, syrup, and rye.
2. Add ice, and stir vigorously.
3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

his and hers signature cocktail

bride and groom with cocktails

Hers: Rosewater and Rosemary Champagne

Sprig of rosemary
Dash of bitters
Dash of rosewater
Rosemary syrup

1. Add a small dash of bitters and rosewater to the champagne flute. Both have strong flavors, so start small, and you can always add more.
2. Fill the flute with champagne.
3. Add a small amount of rosemary syrup, to taste.

dinner for two ideas

bar ideas

fig and asparagus salad

Savory Small Plate selection

1. Grilled White Asparagus + Rustic Bread Salad with Figs, Heirloom Tomatoes + Balsamic Herb Dressing.
2. Classic Tar Tar: Tenderloin, Farm Egg, Capers + Parmesan Tuille.
3. Honey Bourbon BBQ Glazed Short Rib + Sweet Potato “Bone”.

tuna tar tar

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Flowers: Southern Floral Company
Cake: Earth and Sugar
Caterer: Rockstar Catering + Event Co.
Hair: Jodie from Stephanie and Co.
Furniture Rentals and Shoot Styling: Urban Vintage
Venue: The Rockstar Kitchen
Stationery: Shannon Frezza Invites
Makeup: Lindsey Sages

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: blue, gold, green, orange, pink, red, white
Styles: modern, vintage